TOURNAMENT INFO
YES! ACTIVESG TENNIS COMPETITION
13 Dec - 20 Dec 2020

Year End Smash! ActiveSG Tennis Competition


1.1 INTRODUCTION

a. The contents of this chapter apply to the Year End Smash! ActiveSG Tennis Competition.

b. All competition shall be conducted under the Rules and By-laws of the International Tennis Federation in conjunction with the rules of this competition. 

c. The STA Tournament Supervisor / Referee shall act as the final on-site authority for the interpretation of the applicable STA tournament Rules & Regulations, ITF Code of Conduct and Rules of Tennis as to all matters arising that require immediate resolution at the competition venue.

d. Any Team which violates the Rules in this chapter can be defaulted at any stage of the competition by the Referee.

 

1.2   RIGHTS OF THE TOURNAMENT REFEREE

a. The Tournament Referee reserves the right to accept or reject any entry without assigning a reason.

b. It reserves the right to alter the format of the competition in any way it deems necessary.

c. It reserves the right to reschedule the match whenever deemed necessary.

e. At the sole discretion of the Referee, the duration of a competition may be extended for such period of time as may be necessary. An extension will not be done at the request of players.  

 

1.3 TITLE

a. The Competition shall be called the Year End Smash! ActiveSG Tennis Competition.

 

1.4 COMPETITION DATE AND VENUE

Date: 13th – 20th December 2020

Venue: Kallang Tennis Centre and Heartbeat @ Bedok

 

1.5 REGISTRATION FEES & CLOSING DATE

Registration Fee: S$40.00 per team

Registration closing date: 6 December 2020

Registration is via ActiveSG – https://members.myactivesg.com/competitions

Entry fee is to be payable upon closing date via the registration link.

1.6 FORMAT OF COMPETITION

1.6.1    Hi5 Team Event

a. Participating teams compete on a round-robin basis.

b. One (1) Singles and two (2) Doubles matches will be played per tie.

i. One (1) Men’s Singles [Open Category]

ii. One (1) Men’s Doubles [Combined age of both players must be at least 80 years old]

iii. One (1) Mixed Doubles [Combined age of both players must be at least 100 years old]

c. All matches will be played first to two (2) tiebreak sets. At 1 set all, ten (10) points match tie break will be played, winning by a margin of 2 points. At 6 games all, a tiebreak will be played. The tiebreak will be based on first to reach 7 points, winning by a margin of 2 points.

1.6.2    Hi5 Corporate Team Event

a. Participating teams compete on a round-robin basis.

b. One (1) Singles and two (2) Doubles matches will be played per tie.

i. One (1) Men’s Singles [Open]

ii. One (1) Men’s Doubles [Open]

iii. One (1) Mixed Doubles [Open]

c. All matches will be played first to two (2) tiebreak sets. At 1 set all, ten (10) points match tie break will be played, winning by a margin of 2 points. At 6 games all, a tiebreak will be played. The tiebreak will be based on first to reach 7 points, winning by a margin of 2 points.

d. At least 70% of the team must consist of full time and/or contract staff of the same organisation (private, public and non-profit organisations).

f. Team must consist of minimally 70% Singapore Citizens and/ or Singapore Permanent Resident.

g. Teams may register foreign players (non-Singapore Citizen or non-permanent resident) as per below:

Total number of Registered Players

Max. number of Foreign Players

6 - 8

1

9 - 10

2

11 - 12

3

 

h. All foreign players will have to have a permanent residential address in Singapore. It is also mandatory for them to possess a Work Permit / Employment Pass / Dependent Pass or Student Pass or any other appropriate documentation that allows them to reside and work long term in Singapore. Visitor Pass will not be considered.

1.6.3    The No-Ad Scoring System will be implemented in this competition.

NO-AD SCORING SYSTEM: If both players have won three points, the score is called deuce; one deciding point shall then be played whereby the receiver shall choose whether he/she wishes to receive the service from the right half of the court or the left half of the court. The player who wins the deciding point wins the games.

 

1.7 REGISTRATION OF PLAYERS

a. Each team may register a minimum of six (6) players and a maximum of twelve (12) players. Names of players must be given in full according to what appears in their identity card or passport (for non-citizens).

b. Players must produce documentary proof of identity if requested by the referee. *

*Please note the STA will keep all information relating to registration of players private and confidential.

 

1.8 GROUPINGS AND PLAY-OFF

a. If the number of teams participating is too large, the teams will be divided into two (2) or more groups depending on the number of teams.

b. The composition of each group will be decided by the luck of the draw. Teams from the same club will be placed in separate groups. As far as possible, teams from the same club who emerged winner of the groups they are, they will further be separated from each other for the semi-finals play-offs.

c. If there are two (2) groups, there will be a cross playoff, the winner of Group I will play the runner-up of Group II and vice versa.  The winners of the semi-finals will then meet in the finals to decide the champion of the group.

d. If there are three (3) groups, the winner of each group and the best runner-up will form the four (4) teams for the semi-final play-offs.  The best runner-up will be picked amongst the runner-up of each group.  The countback will be based on average results, which will depend on the number of teams from each group.

e. If there are four (4) groups, the winner of each group will form the four (4) teams for the semi-finals play-offs.

f. During hazy days, one hour before the start of the match, the captains of the two competition clubs should agree on whether the matches should be played or postponed based on the 24-hour PSI reading at the venue where the matches will be played. 

 1.9    NO PLAYER RANKING

a. There will be no player ranking in a team. As such, team line-up will not be according to strength.

 

1.10   SCORING SYSTEM

a. Every tie comprises of (1) singles and (2) doubles matches. The winner of each tie will get one (1) point and the loser will get zero (0) point. The team with the highest number of points in each grade/group at the conclusion of the League will be declared the winner in that group

b. If there is a tie-on point between only two (2) teams, the head-to-head result between these teams shall decide the overall winner of the grade/group.

c. If three (3) or more teams score equal number of points, then the countback system will take place to determine the placings of all such teams involved. 

d. Countback System

The countback system will take place in the following order:

a. The team with the best percentage of matches won will be ranked first.

b. The team with the best percentage of sets won will be ranked first.

c. The team with the best percentage of games won will be ranked first.

d. Should a tie exist after the countback, a play-off between one (1) player from each team shall decide the winner. The best player can be selected from any member of the team. If there are more than one (1) play-off match, the teams are allowed to have different players for each match. The play-off shall be one (1) tiebreak set of first to reach 10 points, winning by a margin of 2 points between the teams that are tied and shall be conducted in a knockout or league system.

e. For the Hi5 Team event, additional points will be awarded under the following conditions for the winning team:

i) If a female is present in any of the ties, an additional one (1) point will be awarded;

ii) If a U-10 player played/is present in any of the ties, an additional two (2) points will be awarded.

1.11   WALK-OVERS

a. A walkover will be awarded fifteen (15) minutes after a player fails to show up. The fifteen (15) minutes shall be taken before the scheduled time. Three calls starting from the scheduled time will be made for the players at approximately five (5) minutes interval. If a match is scheduled but has been delayed due to unavailability of court, players are expected to wait for their matches to be called. If the match is called, a walkover shall be awarded if a player fails to show up after the third call. Each call will be made at approximately one (1) minute interval.

b. Should there be a walk-over the score for that match shall be recorded as 6-0, 6-0. 

c. A team giving a walkover to two (02) teams in this competition will be disqualified from this entire competition. 

d. When a team is disqualified, all previous results will be made null and void. 

1.12   SUBMISSION OF TEAM LINE-UP

a. Submission of team line-up must be done no later than five (5) minutes from the time the match has been scheduled. Thereafter, three (3) calls at approximately one (1) minute interval will be made to request the team captain to submit the line-up. At the end of the third call, a walkover will be declared if the team line-up is not received.

b. The team line-up should be written neatly, and names must be spelt in FULL.

c. After the submission of the team line-up, no changes will be allowed.

 

1.13 LEAVING THE COURT

a. A player shall not leave the court area during a match (including warm-up) without the permission of the Umpire or Referee.

 

1.14 BEST EFFORTS

a. A player shall use his best efforts to win a match when competing in a competition tie.

 

1.15 FAILURE TO COMPLETE MATCH

a. Any player nominated for a match must commence and complete the match unless illness, accident or any unavoidable hindrance incapacitates him/her. 

 

1.16 UNREASONABLE DELAYS

a. Players shall commence play upon order of the Chair Umpire or Tournament Official after the expiration of the established warm-up period.

b. Thereafter play shall be continuous and a player shall not unreasonably delay a match for any cause, including without limitation, natural loss of physical condition, injury or refusal to play.

c. A maximum of twenty (20) seconds shall lapse from the moment the ball goes out of play at the end of the point until the time the ball is struck for the first serve of the next point.  If such first serve is a fault, the server without delay must strike the second serve.

d. When changing ends a maximum of ninety (90) seconds shall lapse from the moment the ball goes out of play at the end of the game until the time the first service is struck for the next game. If such first serve is a fault, the server without delay must strike the second serve.

e. The receiver shall play to the reasonable pace of the server and must be ready to receive when the server is ready to serve.

f. The first violation of this Section shall be penalized by a warning and each subsequent violation shall be penalized by the assessment of a one (1) point penalty; provided however, when a violation is a result of natural loss of physical condition, injury or refusal to play after being ordered to play by the Chair Umpire or the Referee, a penalty shall be assessed in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule.

 

1.17 AUDIBLE OBSCENITY

a. Players shall not use audible obscenity within the precincts of the site.

b. Audible obscenity is defined as the use of words commonly known and understood to be profane and uttered clearly and loudly enough to be heard by the Chair Umpire, spectators, linesmen and ball kids.

c. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. If such violation occurs during a match (including warm-up), the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

e. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

 

1.18 VISIBLE OBSCENITY

a. Players shall not make obscene gestures of any kind within the precincts of the site.

b. Visible obscenity is defined as the making of signs by a player with his hands and/or racquet or balls that commonly have an obscene meaning or impact to reasonable people.

c. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match (including warm-up), the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

e. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to the additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

 

1.19 ABUSE OF BALLS

a. Players shall not violently, dangerously or with anger hit, kick or throw a tennis ball within the precincts of the site except in the reasonable pursuit of a point during a match (including warm-up).

b. Abuse of balls is defined as intentionally hitting a ball out of the enclosure of the court, hitting a ball dangerously or recklessly within the court or hitting a ball with negligent disregard of the consequences.

c. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

 

1.20 ABUSE OF RACQUETS OR EQUIPMENT

a. Players shall not violently or with anger hit, kick or throw a racquet or other equipment within the precincts of the site.

b. Abuse of racquets or equipment is defined, as intentionally and violently destroying or damaging racquets or equipment or intentionally and violently hitting the net, court, umpire's chair or other fixture during a match out of anger or frustration.

c. Violation of this Section shall subject a player up to ban of one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth. 

 

1.21 VERBAL ABUSE

a. Players shall not at any time verbally abuse any official, opponent, spectator or another person within the precincts of the site.

b. Verbal abuse is defined as a statement directed at an official, opponent, spectator or another person that implies dishonesty or is derogatory, insulting or otherwise abusive.

c. Violation of this Section shall result in immediate default and subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

e. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to the additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

 

1.22 PHYSICAL ABUSE

a. Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or another person within the precincts of the site.

b. Physical abuse is the unauthorized touching of an official, opponent, spectator or any other person.

c. Violation of this Section shall result in immediate default and subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

d. In addition, if such violation occurs during a match, the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule hereinafter set forth.

e. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to the additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

 

1.23 UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

a. Players shall at all times conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and give due regard to the authority of the officials and the rights of the opponents, spectators, and others.

b. For the purpose of this rule, unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport, but that does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on-site offence contained herein.

c. Unsportsmanlike conduct shall include, but not limited to, the giving, the making, issuing, authorizing or endorsing any public statement having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest of the Competition and/or the officiating thereof.

d. Violation of this Section shall subject a player to a ban of up to one (1) year for each violation.

e. If such violation occurs during a match, (including warm-up), the player shall be penalized in accordance with the Point Penalty Schedule herein set forth.

f. In circumstances that are flagrant and particularly injurious to the success of a tie, or are singularly egregious, a single violation of this Section may subject him/her to the additional penalties set forth in these Regulations.

1.24 POINT PENALTY SCHEDULE

a. FIRST offence   – WARNING

b. SECOND offence   – POINT

c. THIRD offence   – GAME PENALTY

d. FOURTH offence   – GAME PENALTY/DEFAULT

 1.25    OFFICIAL TENNIS BALLS

a.Teloon Pound

 

1.26 PRIZES

a. Medals will be awarded to Champion and Runner-Up teams.

 

1.27 DISCLAIMER

a. Competitors play at their own risk on any of the courts; STA and SportSG shall NOT be responsible for any injury or loss of life, or any other mishaps during the Competition.

b. Similarly, the parties mentioned above are not responsible for any loss of valuables or other personal belongings.

 

 

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